Commercial Cat Food
If you’re feeding your cat commercial cat food, be sure to check out Susan Thixton’s excellent website The Truth About Pet Food. She delves into ingredients, recalls, laws, pet deaths and more. She operates from America, but the ingredients will be the same everywhere. Just the name may change.
This is why making your own pet food is sooo important. If 2020 has done anything, it’s made people focus more on health.
Never assume your veterinarian knows best
Veterinarians are unaware of the dangers of drugs and are particularly unaware of the problems of interactions between different drugs. Yet they still prescribe them. So whenever you have been prescribed veterinary drugs for your cat, it’s always a good idea to check out the drug at www.drugs.com/vet for two reasons:
- to check if the drug is dangerous for your cat (not all vets are aware of the dangerous drugs for cats)
- to check if it is compatible with any other drugs your cat has been prescribed
For example, vets frequently prescribe loxicom (also known as meloxicam), yet on the www.drugs.com/vet comes this warning:
Warning: Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional injectable or oral meloxicam to cats.
In fact, a single dose can have fatal consequences.
Another site of interest, but doesn’t cover veterinary products as yet, is www.drugdangers.com.
These sites aren’t infallible and aren’t the last word, but it does give you some indication.
NEVER, EVER vaccinate a cat who has an existing health challenge. Even the vaccine insert states that, but vets don’t look there This also applies to sterilisation. Don’t vaccinate at the same time as any operation or surgical procedure. Listen to Will Falconer DVM on this subject, on his podcast.